You’re how old? Famous people who celebrate a birthday on Leap Day

Feb 29, 2016, 6:30 AM | Updated: 1:55 pm
Ja Rule was born on Feb. 29. (AP Photo/David Goldman)...
Ja Rule was born on Feb. 29. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Monday was a big day for some people, who finally got the chance to celebrate their birthday for the first time in four years.

For example: On Monday, rapper and actor Ja Rule will celebrate his 40th birthday. However, technically Rule will only turn 10.

The reason is quite simple: Rule is one of approximately 200,000 Americans whose birthday comes every four years on Feb. 29, also known as Leap Day.

It’s an occurrence that happens once every 1,426 days.

It puts Ja Rule in select company with other popes, athletes, writers and politicians.

Flip through the gallery below to see some other famous or notable people who are technically far younger than they look thanks to being born on Leap Day.


Actress Tessa Walker was born Feb. 29, 1984 Tony Robbins born Feb. 29, 1960 is a motivation speaker. Suanne Braun born Feb. 29, 1968 in South Africa is known for hosting a travel series Bon Voyage. D.C. United’s Perry Kitchen was born Feb. 29, 1992. Marcia Dangerfield was born Feb. 29, 1952 is better known for her acting roles in Footloose and the TV series, Touched by an Angel. Dennis Farina born Feb. 29, 1944 in Chicago is known for his roles in the TV series Law & Order along with movie roles in Snatch, Saving Private Ryan and Get Shorty. Farina died July 22, 2013 in Scottsdale. Anika Poiter born Feb. 29, 1972 in New York City is a director and actress known for The Devil Cats, Yard Sale and Swardfish. Richard Ramirez born Feb. 29, 1960 was a serial killer dubbed the Night Stalker was convicted of killing 13 people in the Los Angeles area. He died in 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California’s death row Pope Paul III was born Feb. 29, 1468 and served as Pope from 1534 until his death in 1549. Born as Annie Banks on Feb. 29, 1928,Tempest Storm is a exotic burlesque star and motion picture actress. Joss Ackland born Feb. 29, 1928 in London is better known for acting roles in Lethal Weapon 2 and the Mighty Ducks. Lena Gercke born Feb. 29, 1988 is a German fashion model and was the winner of Germany’s Top Model. Howard Tayler born Feb. 29, 1968 is an author and cartoonist. Ja Rule born Feb. 29, 1976 is better known for his musical career and acting roles including Fast and the Furious, Rush Hour and Next Friday. Producer Daniella Gonella was born Feb. 29, 1956 in London. Actress Christine Cowden was born Feb. 29, 1980 is better known for her roles in Witch’s Sabbath, 5.6 seconds and Bon Appetit. Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward was born Feb. 29, 1984 in Saskatoon. Actress Caitlin E.J. Meyer was born Feb. 29, 1992 in Salt Lake City.



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You’re how old? Famous people who celebrate a birthday on Leap Day